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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
AWARDS: Nagbe's bomb beats Hassli's

By Scott French

Major League Soccer unveiled the tally for the season's best goal Wednesday, and it wasn't Eric Hassli's flip-and-volley-to-the-far-post that so thrilled, well, everyone except the Seattle Sounders.


The Vancouver forward's remarkable strike was bested by one just as jaw-dropping: Portland rookie Darlington Nagbe's chip-juggle-and-volley-a-rising-laser in a July loss to Sporting Kansas City.

Retiring legend Kasey Keller picked up the Save of the Year honor for the second straight year, awarded for a series of four stops in Seattle's 2-1 victory over San Jose in his final regular-season home game, played in front of 64,140 at CenturyLink Field.

The sequence received 41 percent of an online fan vote after 32 nominees had been whittled to four finalists. Two stops by Portland's Troy Perkins finished second and third, with 32 and 14 percent of the vote.

Nagbe's goal got 42 percent of the count, with Hassli's June 11 strike against Seattle receiving 31. Seattle's Fredy Montero finished third, at 23 percent, for a Sept. 24 goal at Vancouver.

Rookie of the Year: C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City)
Coach of the Year: Bruce Arena (Galaxy)
Newcomer of the Year: Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders)
Defender of the Year: Omar Gonzalez (Galaxy)
Goalkeeper of the Year: Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders)
Best XI: GK -- Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders); D -- Todd Dunivant (Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (Galaxy) and Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake); M -- David Beckham (Galaxy), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo) Landon Donovan (Galaxy) and Brek Shea (FC Dallas); F -- Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls) and Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Golden Boot: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
Assists leader: Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
Comeback Player of the Year: David Beckham (Galaxy)
Humanitarian of the Year: Zak Boggs (New England Revolution)
Fair Play/Individuals: Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
Fair Play/Team: Portland Timbers
Goal of the Year: Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), July 2 vs. Sporting Kansas City
Save of the Year: Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders), Oct. 15 sequence vs. San Jose
Referee of the Year: Mark Geiger
Assistant Referee of the Year: Corey Rockwell

Coming ...
MVP (Friday)
Commissioner's Award (Friday)